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Running in the Bear Empire 43: Trapped

First: Running in the Bear Empire🐻





I did try to kill you.
“It would be nice to not be reminded of that,” Deline muttered.  She held up her hands in his direction. “I suppose it’s hard for you to forget it.”
“The funny thing is, in most situations, it would be easy as anything to forget.  You’d be dead. Your head would have been turned in. The bounty would have been collected, and I would be on to my next job.”  He huffed, almost a laugh. “I didn’t think much about what I was doing - I mean, I thought about the hunt. I learned early on not to think about the deaths.  They come, they go - sometimes they haunted me, but most of them just… they passed on.”

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Blog Post: Here, kitty, kitty

I asked on Discord what I should blog about this week, and the suggestion that came back way my cats.

Okay, I can talk about them pretty much endlessly!

... crap, what do I say?

:-)

If you’ve missed it, T. and I have three cats.

The slightly-older two are white-and-grey fluffbucket N

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Been to Middle Earth; Do you speak my language?

Okay, this is entirely because DaHob sent me the link to Talk Nerdy to Me. 



When Nat first saw the ads shouting  “win a trip to Middle Earth,” she assumed it was just another studio amusement park, like “spend a weekend in the Wizarding World” or “Cruise on the Black Pearl.”

It wasn’t unt

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Hidden Mall 62: Another Door Opens

The ghosts led them past the cracked and melted remains of a Ground Round and a nail salon to a door that, in a normal world, might to go the outside.  To a parking lot. Abby stared at the doors - smoked overs and opaque - and reached for one of the handles.

A ghost caught her wrist with what remained of its hand.  No.  The meaning was clear even if the phantoms made no noise.

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Haunted House 43: Buying & Selling

First: A story featuring a male keeper and a female Kept.
Previous:  Thieves

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A job.  No matter the discussions, she knew what Jasper was offering Kearney.

Mélanie wanted to protest - this is a kid we’re talking about! -  but no matter how young Kearney looked, they were clearly already getting comfortable with being on their own. She smiled instead, like she thought this was a great idea.

Kearney looked between them, coughed a couple times, and seemed to decide.  “Sure. I can do that. But only because the lady here is nice.”

“She is nice,” Jasper agreed.  “She’s quite nice, and I would suggest you remember that as you deal with her.  Because I’m not the nice one.”

Kearney didn’t shudder, didn’t even look all that impressed, but there was a slight change in their manner as they looked at the booth Jasper had been setting up.  “So, where do I put this? What can I do?”

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Running in the Bear Empire 39: Prices and Paranoia

First: Running in the Bear EmpirePrevious: Loyalty



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Deline didn’t so much freeze as she tried to strip all tells from her body language and expression.  Where’s your loyalty?  That was a good question.  Did she want the answer?
"My loyalty?"  Carrone sneered at the Haloran spy.  "I'm a bounty hunter. My loyalty is to the highest bidder."
"Then I'll pay you more than whoever's paying you right now!  Come on, you know the Haloran government has deep pockets."
He turned to look at Deline, raised an eyebrow, and looked back at the bounty hunter.  She held her breath.
"You can't meet what she's paying me, I assure you.   And I wouldn't want you to."
He turned his back on the woman, who kept shouting.  Deline did not smile.  She held his arm and started walking, hoping he would walk along with her.
You can't match what she's paying me.

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Hidden Mall 61: Bad Ideas

They turned around.  Abby forced herself to look at the bodies in front of her.

The ghosts.  They weren't corpses, they might just be illusions.  This place had certainly given them enough of those already - fakes and shames and traps.

The one that looked like Vic was gesturing to them.

"I - Vic doesn't even like us," Liv protested.

"But we don't like her either," Abby countered, "and that hasn't stopped us from saving her life.  Or anything else, you know?"

"This can't be a good idea."

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